Why do we exist?
We exist to support Catholics in the UK Armed Forces.
Jesus of Nazareth, fully God and fully man, died on the cross and rose from the dead to give you forgiveness for sin and hope of heaven.
As followers of Jesus, we must welcome true light into our lives, our families, and the wider world.
That task is the greatest adventure, and is best tackled with supportive friends.
Mission of the Association
We are a lay association of the faithful whose members cooperate to support Catholicism in the UK Armed Forces. We strive to inspire one-another in the Faith, to grow through prayer and the sacraments, and to offer up our sufferings, persevering together in the universal call to holiness.
We are the official Defence Catholic Association, formally approved by His Excellency Bishop Paul Mason, the Bishop of the Forces.
We are a member of the Defence Christian Network.
We are serving personnel, helping others.
Courage & Discipline
From the earliest centuries to the present day the faithful have been under attack.
It takes courage and discipline to hold fast to the truth..
Respect & Integrity
We respect others and maintain our integrity.
We defend the faith and uphold the laws of God in our work, wherever it takes us.
Loyalty & Selflessness
The better we live the Catholic faith, the closer we will be to truth.
The closer we are to truth, the more loyal and selfless we will become.
We're all on a journey.
Pilgrimages make that journey more visible.
You are welcome to join us on one, or to organise your own with us.
As Catholics in Defence we have shared sufferings, shared privileges, and a shared life of prayer.
We were made to practice the faith as a body, not alone.
The sacraments are vital and we strive to live the sacramental life more fully.
Nobody can grow unless they are deep in the sacraments.
SUPPORT TO DEFENCE
Support on Deployment
We support each other on exercise and operations.
We understand the challenges of living the faith in arduous environments and stressful conditions.
Support in Training
Recruits to the Armed Forces deserve real support through the long and often difficult training process. We can guide through our personal experiences, and offer prayers and encouragement.
Support in Life & Death
Birth and death are the defining moments of a life.
Baptism or last rites, we work together to find priests to sanctify those definitive moments